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When an Aussie guy called Joe Cross found himself over 100 pounds overweight, battling a debilitating autoimmune disease, loaded up on steroids and inching closer to an early grave, he didn’t do what most people would do in his situation. He didn’t sign up for his nearest Town club or hit the gym, but instead trusted in the health benefits of juicing to help him shift that weight, soothe his gut and dig him out of his dire situation.
He realised that juicing was so much more than just a health fad, and he knew it could utterly transform his health and help him overcome obesity. And as you’ll see if you click that link, it most certainly did.
As a juicing convert myself, I have seen these astonishing benefits of juicing first hand, and I’d love for you to experience these same. So here are the eight most exciting benefits of juicing that should tempt you, inspire you, and help you transform your life too.
#1: Gives Your Body The Nutrition It Needs
Drinking fresh juices can provide all of the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that your body needs, and effortlessly meet your 2&5-a-day.
Because even though we know that eating a mainly plant-based diet is key to achieving optimal health, it can often be incredibly hard to actually do. We just don’t have time to prepare elaborate meals when we get home from work, there just aren’t enough healthy options available in the stores, or we might just not like the taste of fruits and veggies.
But there’s no need to worry about any of this when you drink juices- you have exactly what your body needs in the most digestion-friendly form available and it tastes wonderful too.
#2: Supercharges Your Immune System
Want to protect yourself from colds, flu, infections and other illnesses? Then delicious immune-boosting fruit and vegetable juices are your best line of defence.
Unlike those heavily processed juices (with tons of added sugar) on your supermarket shelves, these pure tonics still contain all of the phytonutrients that your body needs for optimal health and they’ll taste much better.
This includes the so-called ACE vitamins: vitamin A which helps fight off infection, product more T cells and boost your white blood cell activity, vitamin C which improves wound healing, fights off infection and also produces more white blood cells, and vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant and will protect the DNA of your immune system from damage. Together, they pack a real punch!
#3: Boosts Your Brain Power
Fruit and vegetable juices are wonderfully rich in health-boosting phytonutrients which boost your brainpower and also protect your vulnerable brain cells from age-related cognitive decline.
This includes vitamins A, C and E, beta-carotene, vitamin K, magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and many more. Additionally, they contain compounds called flavonoids and anthcyanins which are abundant in a variety of fruits and vegetables and protect your brain cells from oxidative damage.
But this isn’t where the benefits stop. You see, fresh juices also have a very high water content which can make the difference between an average mental or physical performance and an awesome one. Just 1% dehydration can make a massive difference to your brainpower so it’s vital you drink enough.
Green leafy veggies like kale, sprouts and spinach are the optimal choices for your brain, as are beets, turmeric, ginger and coconut water.
#4: Helps You Shift Weight (And Keep It Off!)
When you’re trying to lose weight, it’s often difficult to keep your willpower in check. Often you just end up feeling so ravenously hungry that all of your best intentions go out of the window and you’ll dive into the nearest pile of cream cakes without a second thought.
But juicing can help you to stick to your diet and implement all of those healthy lifestyle habits the easy way. Not only will you reduce your calories without depriving yourself of nutrients, you’ll also feel fuller, more energetic and absolutely incredible.
Additionally, the high levels of vitamin C in fresh produce can boost your metabolism and increase the speed at which you burn fat and green leafy veggies contain iodine which promotes the health of your thyroid gland and calcium which helps keep fat at bay. This makes juicing the perfect weight-loss solution.
#5: Keeps You Looking Young And Beautiful
As all regular fresh juice-drinkers know, juicing gives your skin that radiant glow that attracts attention (and plenty of compliments too).
But this isn’t just because you’re getting an optimal dose of all of those wonderful nutrients. At the same time, you’re fighting off the harmful effects of free radicals and you’re maintaining the health of your telomeres (those protective caps on your DNA) which keeps your skin looking younger, minimises the appearance of wrinkles and injects some healthy colour into your cheeks.
#6: Protects Against Cancer
Juicing boosts your intake of cancer-fighting vitamins and minerals, and provides your body with an abundance of antioxidants which helps reduce your risk of developing cancer and promote a longer life.
Studies have found that antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene are directly associated with longer telomeres and a lower risk of breast cancer and the phytopropectants which are found in the coloured pigments in fruits and veggies also help protect our DNA from changes which can lead to cancer. Clearly, we shouldn’t just ‘eat the rainbow’ but juice it too!
#7: Helps You Catch More ZZZZs
It might surprize you to hear that juicing will help to regulate your sleep-wake cycle and beat insomnia and night waking. It’s all because of the magical abilities of some fruits to encourage the production of that essential sleep hormone melatonin.
Great sources of melatonin include cherries, tomatoes, oranges, bananas and pineapple in your daily juices and you will wake feeling refreshed, revived and ready to face the day again.
#8: Soothes Your Digestive System
If you struggle with digestive issues such as IBS, constipation or diarrhoea you’ll be amazed at how much better you’ll feel when you start juicing. No longer will you battle uncomfortable or even painful symptoms but you’ll feel lighter, pain-free and you’ll almost definitely fit back into those jeans!
It’s all thanks to the healthy soluble fibre that remains after the juicing process which helps relieve any irritation in your stomach and intestines, rests your digestive system and also nourishes the ‘good’ bacteria in your gut.
As you can see, juicing is far more than just a health ‘fad’ and really can transform the state of your health, just like it did for Joe. You’ll look younger, feel more energetic, sleep better, boost your brain power and keep illness and infections at bay. So what are you waiting for? Get juicing today!
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